Bhubaneswar, Dec 27 (LocalWire): Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) on Thursday asked all departments of the state government to earmark mandatory budgetary provisions for implementation of departmental disaster management plans (DDMPs).
As per the provision in the Section 40 of Disaster Management Act-2005, the concerned departments have already prepared their departmental disaster management plans which are also being annually updated.
The State Executive Committee (SEC) constituted under the act approves the plans.
However, it is found that most of the plans do not have any budgetary provisions as stipulated under Sec 40(2) of the Disaster Management Act, Bishnupada Sethi, managing director of OSDMA mentioned in a letter to all concerned departments.
In the absence of financial provisions in the plans, the implementation becomes very difficult.
“I would therefore, request you that, while submitting the departmental budgetary requirements to the Finance Department, some financial provisions towards the department specific disaster management plans may please be made,” Sethi wrote.
This may kindly be treated as urgent in view of the climate change manifestation and intensity and frequency of extreme weather events that set back state’s development programmes, he concluded.